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BTEC National Certificate in Sport

  • Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A-level)
  • 2 years

Do you have an interest in the Sports sector? Study this course and you’ll develop a knowledge and understanding of the physiological and fitness requirements of the world’s top athletes.

You’ll develop skills and techniques to build your coaching knowledge, in addition to the ability to analyse and assess risk involved when planning and staging physical activities. Most of your learning will take place across our indoor and outdoor sports facilities, but you may also go off-site for particular activities, visiting elite training grounds when appropriate.

BTEC Sport is a vocational qualification. This means that it has been designed to be more directly career-related than PE A-level. Assessment is through a combination of exams and assignments and relate to a particular scenario from the sporting profession. This continual assessment can be an attractive proposition, but only if students are very good at meeting deadlines and prepare to produce their best work throughout the whole two years of the course.

UCAS points are awarded on successful completion of the course, so if a sports-related degree at university is your next step, this course could be for you.

This subject is for you:
if you enjoy a range of aspects of sport - practical activities (participation, coaching) as well as the application of theory. You will be keen to develop your knowledge of sport and to understand and appreciate the physiological fitness requirements of various sports.

Anatomy and physiology: 1.5 hour exam

Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being: 2.5 hour exam

Assignments: both written and practical, related to professional development in the sports industry